Gill Gwalchmai - MBACP
Please note, that due to the unfortunate current pandemic, if you don't feel ready for face to face contact, I am also available for telephone therapy sessions or face-time, zoom etc.
I am a qualified and registered private therapist since 2014, (6 years), who is able to work with a wide range of difficulties that you may be facing, including depression and general anxiety disorders; relationship issues - betrayal and affairs; Post traumatic Stress Disorder; divorce and separation; communication breakdown; child/parent relationships; feeling sad, having negative unwanted thoughts; struggling with anger; work related stress. Have you experienced bereavement and loss?
Or perhaps you are just in a stuck place - with regard to making the right decisions for your life? Maybe you have lost confidence in yourself and your self-esteem feels low? Are your emotions out of control or do you feel over-sensitive? Have you lost motivation? Is the stress of life getting too much for you?
Whatever your situation, I believe as a therapist that encouraging a trusting relationship is the foundation for any real work to move forward and to develop positive change and healing. I work in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment, which is accepting and non-judgmental. I work using an integrative model with various tools and researched theories depending on what would be beneficial and helpful for you.
I will incorporate a Person-Centered model of work, which means that you are at the 'centre' of the work. I may also draw on insights from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Psycho-dynamic insights and sometimes creativity, such as sand-tray work, drawing, inter-active worksheets. Creativity can be very helpful to process feelings which could be difficult to express and explore as part of your healing and change - we will use whichever model will be the most beneficial and helpful for your needs.
However, as previously mentioned, the most important part of your therapy is the therapeutic relationship between you and the Counsellor and with whom who you choose to work with. Once trust and a mutual rapport has been established - the process will naturally evolve, at your pace.
After your initial appointment if you decide that you would like to have counselling, we can decide and agree whether your requirements will be short or long term, with regular reviews to ensure you are happy with the process and that you are achieving the results you desire. If you feel that you don't want to continue working with me, then the initial session will be free of charge.
Please note that the youngest age I can work with is 17 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within various counselling agencies, gaining valuable experience by working with people from all walks of life. I obtained a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2014, obtained through Willows Counselling Services in Swindon, incorporating working within the agency where I still practice and volunteer alongside my private practice in Wantage.
Prior to that, I studied at New College in Swindon. I am a member of various professional bodies, and continue with ongoing personal development, ensuring that you are receiving professional standards of counselling. I receive regular supervision, and I also attend conferences which keep me informed of mental health developments within the NHS and updated developments within various Counselling organisations and networks.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial assessment to help you make an informed decision about whether you would like to work with me, and this will also help me assess whether I have the necessary skills to help bring about the change you desire for your life, or whether it would be more beneficial for you to be referred to another agency depending on your needs.
Initial Assessment - £30.00 (1 hour)
Further Therapy Sessions - £45.00 (1 hour)
Concessions offered for
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me if you have any queries. If I'm unavailable at the time of your contact, please be assured that I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please leave a clear message if you are calling me. I will endeavor to get back to you within 24 hours on week days, and within 48 hours if you contact me over the weekend. Thank you.